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Remember when the MONLPC was formed to ease scheduling concerns among three leagues that have been eroded away by the rise of 8-man football in WI in 2017? Fast foward to this year and all that remains from the MONLPC is five teams from the Large (started with 7) and four teams from the Small (started with 8).

2018 MONLPC vs NC Opponents (2yrs): 16-24 (.400) (28-45 .383)
2018 MONLPC Playoff Record (2yrs): 4-9 (.308) (5-17 .227)

First up is the Large (Note that Coleman moves to the Small and Algoma goes to 8-man this year)

Kewaunee

2018 Record: 11-1 (6-0)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 41.3-16.0
Notable Returns: Ryan Carmichael (QB/DB), Owen Kudrick (RB/LB), Tanner Bortoloni (O/D)
Notable Losses: Travis Reinke (RB/LB), McCoy Walechka (WR/DB), Alex Hewit (WR/DB)

Notes: The Storm returned to prime form last year running away with the Large with a undefeated regular season and made a deep run to level three in D5. Heading into this year, a repeat performance is not out of the question as their top passer and top rusher in Ryan Carmichael and Owen Kudrick return to the team. The big holes that needs to be filled is in the receiving game as the top two WR's have moved on and on Defense where their top two tacklers graduated as well. 

Oconto

2018 Record: 2-7 (1-5)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 15.3-29.0
Notable Returns: Caleb Moe (QB/DB), Eddie Russell (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Zach Sherman (RB/LB), Bennett Frazier (RB/LB)

Notes: The Blue Devils stumbled to a 2-7 year but managed to win a game against Sturgeon Bay to avoid the basement within the league. Caleb Moe returns at QB and should get a few more points on the board after Oconto only managed to put up 15 points per game last season. The Blue Devils have to replace top rusher and receiver but their shouldn't be much of a dropoff in those departments as depth does return in that regard.

Peshtigo

2018 Record: 7-3 (4-2)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 29.7-25.4
Notable Returns: Nick Nelson (QB/DB), Jerad Jardt (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Mitch VanVooren (WR/DB)

Notes: The Bulldogs improved on their 2017 win total by going 7-2 and finishing third in the Large. They looked primed to continue their movement upward in the standings as they bring back major pieces of their passing and rushing attack in Nick Nelson and Jerad Jardt. However they do need to replace their top receiver in Mitch VanVooren along with fixing a defense that allowed over 25 points in order to be a major threat in the conference race.

Southern Door

2018 Record: 7-4 (5-1)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 29.3-22.3
Notable Returns: Nick Bauldhuin (RB/LB), Evan Wheaton (OL/DE)
Notable Losses: Kyle Daoist (QB/DB), Derik LeCaptain (RB/LB), Max Moore (WR/DB)

Notes: The Eagles could be in for a rebuilding phase this year after going 7-4 with a win over conference rival Peshtigo in the playoffs last season. Gone is their workhorse in Derik LeCaptain who rushed for over 2,100 yards last season capping off a brilliant prep career. Also gone is their QB in Kyle Daoist who threw for 14 TD's for the Eagles.

Sturgeon Bay

2018 Record: 0-8 (0-6)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 3.5-47.4
Notable Returns: Jack Schmelzer (QB/DB), Storm Adams (RB/WR/DB)
Notable Losses: Reece Nellis (RB/LB)

Notes: It was fourteen years ago that the Clippers walked away with a D4 State Championship 21-14 over St. Francis at Camp Randall. Since then, only two playoff appearances and three winless years since their last playoff appearance including a 0-8 year which only saw Bay put up 3.5 points per contest. There are some offensive pieces coming back to the Clippers to help rebuild the program but it'll be a long climb back up to respectability.

Predictions: The Large goes down to five teams as Coleman moves to the Small to try and balance the league (why just merge the league into one division?) out after 8-man defections took Algoma, Wabeno/Laona, Three Lakes/Phelps, and Suring. Kewaunee remains to be the strong favorite followed by Peshtigo on the basis of returns. Southern Door falls back to mid-pack but should sneak ahead of Oconto. Sturgeon Bay remains in the basement for the time being while they rebuild once again.

1. Kewaunee
2. Peshtigo
3. Southern Door
4. Oconto
5. Sturgeon Bay

The Small comes soon.....
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And now it's the MONLPC Small's turn....

Coleman

2018 Record: 6-5 (3-3 MONLPC Large)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 32.2-23.6
Notable Returns: Cayden Bintz (QB/DB), Tyler Blanchard (RB/LB), Payton Nelson (WR/DB)
Notable Losses: Jacob Zeitler (RB/LB), Mason Risner (RB/LB)

Notes: Coleman showed some improved as they bounced back from a rare non-playoff year in 2017 to make the playoffs finishing at .500 in league play in the Large. With the defections of over half of the Small to 8-man football, the Cougars were moved into the Small to balance things out. Coleman figures to be one of the major threats in the division as they bring back their starter at QB in Cayden Bintz. They will have to find a replacement at running back for Jacob Zeitler who rushed for over 1,300 yards and 18 TD's but second leading rusher Tyler Blanchard should be able to carry the load in that department.

Crandon

2018 Record: 1-8 (0-6)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 5.3-37.9
Notable Returns: ???
Notable Losses: ???

Notes: Crandon has been usually a rather solid program in the Northern Lakes/MONLPC as of recent times but crashed to a 1-8 record only recording a win against White Lake/Elcho in the season finale. Other than that they were a bit away from being competitive in the Small getting beat by an average of 33-5 in their five league losses. Like the pine trees in Forest County, what Crandon lost and brings back this year is a mystery as there wasn't much stats put in from last season. One hopes they could bounce back but it will be a climb.

Crivitz

2018 Record: 7-3 (6-0)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 35.0-21.7
Notable Returns: Jaden Werner (QB/DB), Anthony Jopek (RB/LB)
Notable Losses: Elijah Lawrence (RB/LB), Joe Tomaszewski (OL/DL/P)

Notes: The Wolverines ran the table in league play en route to a division title last season only to get bounced by Coleman in level one. Now Coleman joins the Small and poses a major threat to Crivitz in the race to be top dog in the league. The Wolverines bring back their top QB and RB from last season whom combined for over 1,900 yards gained and 20 TD's last season. The key for them is replace their top defensive player in Elijah Lawrence who has moved on but there is talent coming back on that side of the ball to make up for that.

Northern Elite

2018 Record: 6-4 (5-1)
Points Forced-Allowed Average: 36.7-28.2
Notable Returns: Evan Metras (QB/DB), Josh Wallschlasser (LB/RB)
Notable Losses: Brent Dumke (QB/DB), Landon Kaldor (RB/LB)

Notes: The tri-op had another solid regular season finishing behind Crivitz in the Small and making the playoffs once again. They'll have an uphill climb as Brent Dumke and Landon Kaldor who accounted for more than 2,700 yards of offense and 43 TD's have graduated. Evan Metras looks to ease the blow as he takes over at QB for the Predators for this season. The defense will be carrying the load while the offense finds itself as two of the top three players on that side of the ball return to the team.

Predictions: The MONLPC Small has been gutted by teams moving to 8-man in recent times and the 11-man counterpart has found it rough outside of conference play to remain competitive against similar sized opponents especially come playoff time. Coleman looks to be the favorite in the league followed by Crivitz. Northern Elite's chances for a conference crown depends on how fast they can replace their losses from last season. Crandon looks to be far back from the others again this year.

1. Coleman
2. Crivitiz
3. Northern Elite
4. Crandon
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Predictions: The Large goes down to five teams as Coleman moves to the Small to try and balance the league (why just merge the league into one division?) out after 8-man defections took Algoma, Wabeno/Laona, Three Lakes/Phelps, and Suring. Kewaunee remains to be the strong favorite followed by Peshtigo on the basis of returns. Southern Door falls back to mid-pack but should sneak ahead of Oconto. Sturgeon Bay remains in the basement for the time being while they rebuild once again.


It is a bit strange. Are there crossover games? I'm guessing it was done to try and eliminate "unfair matchups" enrollment-wise?

Not that it's really an out-of-whack disparity anyway, but it is a curious decision.
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It is a bit strange. Are there crossover games? I'm guessing it was done to try and eliminate "unfair matchups" enrollment-wise?

Not that it's really an out-of-whack disparity anyway, but it is a curious decision.

There are crossovers. Everyone but Sturgeon Bay plays one, so they'll end up with one less league game than the rest of the Large.
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There are crossovers. Everyone but Sturgeon Bay plays one, so they'll end up with one less league game than the rest of the Large.


Seems to be the year for that...😄
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